Keeping the Secret

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Writing a blog about my diabetes while also keeping my pregnancy a secret was no easy task.  To start with, my blood sugars have been way more amazing than they ever were pre-pregnancy.  If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen numerous postings about my low blood sugars or having a good blood sugar day.   This wasn’t because I all of a sudden became a diabetes superstar.  It was thanks to the growing plum inside of me (he/she was the size of a plum a few weeks ago).

As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I was also dealing with some emotional issues at the beginning of the year and wasn’t sure if pregnancy was in the cards for me.  This was also when I took a little break from blogging, going from a post on December 31st, 2013 to not another one until February 24th.  I officially get the positive result on March 9th and more regularly posted blogs followed.

I also posted my New Year’s resolutions after finding out I was pregnant (mid-March).  If I had posted at the beginning of the year, one of my goals for the year probably would have been to get pregnant.  I included, as one of my goals, to drink more water, which was purely a pregnancy goal because I’m so bad at drinking water and it’s important to stay hydrated when pregnant. I also included completing a 5k, 10k, 10 miler and half marathon on my list, of which I had already completed the half marathon.  At the time of the post, I was newly pregnant and thought I could still complete a 10 miler and a 10k, which I had already signed up for one of each.  It turned out I couldn’t complete a 10 miler, which is why my post on the GW Parkway 10 Miler, I state how I did a 5k instead and gave a reason of not being in good enough shape.

Over the course of the last 16 weeks of being pregnant and having to keep it a secret, I also dealt with a frustrating endocrinology appointment.  If you read the post, you will see that my endo appointment was about 5 minutes long.  What I failed to mention in the post, because I wasn’t sharing the news yet, was that this was my first endo appointment I went to where I was pregnant.  The appointment went slightly different than I mentioned but only add to it that when I first saw her I told her I was pregnant and she said congrats then the appointment went on as told.

This made me SO mad.  She didn’t look at a single blood sugar and I was pregnant at the time!! She seemed to think an A1C of 6.8 was fine for someone pregnant (granted it could be completely fine but all the guidelines say below 6.5 or even below 6.0 once you have conceived).  She didn’t give me any guidelines on how to proceed with pregnancy and my diabetes, like make sure your post meal BGs are below 140mg/dls. She even mentioned that my insulin needs were going to increase a lot, which is true but not until around week 20.  Before week 20, my insulin needs would drop dramatically.  I was so frustrated but it was what I needed because immediately following that appointment, I called Integrated Diabetes Services and I’ve been working with Jenny, who is amazing, ever since.  I also switched endocrinologists and my new one is way better than the old one.  She seems like she has dealt with a few T1D who were pregnant.  So I am feeling much better about my diabetes care now then I ever have before.

Being pregnant was also the reason I did another round of basal testing, why I all of a sudden became concerned with my sodium levels and why I upgraded my test kit and insulin pump/CGM.  Also, why I went on the bourbon trail in Kentucky and didn’t drink at any of the tastings.

I also got my first breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day for being a soon-to-be mom which I was excited about but couldn’t share.

First mother's day breakfast

First mother’s day breakfast

I have written a lot of posts over the last several months and it was so hard to keep the pregnancy out of them because it’s been such a huge reason for why I have done a lot of things or why my diabetes has behaved certain ways.  I’m excited that I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Keeping the Secret

  1. Glad you FINALLY found an endo that you like! It’s about time. Has your new endo or your obgyn suggested a high risk pregnancy doctor? I’ve been to a few consultations with one until I get pregnant and he has an amazing CDE that is very great about getting bgs tight now before pregnancy and will work even closer with me once it happens. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    • Yeah, my OB suggested a high risk. I’ve been to him once, but it wasn’t until I was already 12 weeks along. Since I was on my old endo before I got pregnant, she really didn’t give me any advice on how to get my BGs where they needed to be before conceiving. Your team sounds great! I’ve heard of others that have consulted with a high risk OB before getting pregnant and I think that’s a great idea!

  2. My daughters-in-law have rarely needed to announce their pregnancies. Whenever they refused wine on our family trips, I always knew “Here comes another one!”

    I consider it a miracle that I have two healthy sons because I was never referred to a high-risk OB and wasn’t even seeing an endocrinologist in those days. Although you’ll have to continue to work hard during your pregnancy, be reassured that you have great medical professionals who have your back.

    • Haha yeah, the drinking things is always a give away. I remember about two years back I was doing Weight Watchers and was being so diligent that I didn’t drink one night out with friends and they all thought I was pregnant! 😛

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